Monday, October 28, 2013

The mysterious case of a stolen bridge

Thieves who stole a 17.5m long stone bridge one night have finally been arrested, although they sold the bridge on before it could be recovered.

In November, villagers in the environs of Shanghai reported that the Fengle bridge, a historic 17.5m long stone bridge built in 1907, had disappeared, leaving only two supports standing.

Police eventually solved the mystery when they received a report from someone who had witnessed them dismantling the bridge in September, and had taken down their truck’s registration details.

After tracing the truck’s owner, they were told it had been loaned to the thieves, allowing police to effect the arrest of the two men responsible.

The local police chief says they admit making off with the bridge by cover of night:

“The two men confessed that they used two cranes and two trucks that night to lift and remove the 16 stone pieces that formed the floor of the bridge.”

The stone remains of the bridge were subsequently sold in another province, with the thieves having been paid some 30,000 yuan ($4,700) by a trader to make off with the structure.

A local museum official comments that the area only has 20 bridges left, of the 100 counted a century ago – roads, ruin and theft are cited as causes of this decline. Plans are afoot to rebuild the stolen structure.

While in China...... beware of crumbling bridge

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Clever China: How to keep those 2 million fresh graduates from becoming unemployed

China is employing two million people to keep tabs on people's internet use, according to state media, in a rare glimpse into the secret world of Beijing's vast online surveillance operation.

Many of the employees are simply performing keyword searches to monitor the tens of millions of messages being posted daily on popular social media and microblogging sites, the Beijing News said.

The exact number of people employed to trawl through the internet in a bid to prevent social unrest and limit criticism of the ruling Community party has long been the subject of speculation.

The "web police" are employed by the government's propaganda arm, as well as by commercial sites, the Beijing News said.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Nose grown on forehead

A Chinese man has had a new nose grown on his forehead.

The man, who has only been named as Xiaolian, had the treatment to create a replacement for his original nose which was infected and deformed after an accident.k

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Hahaha... clever Chinese are not only cloning iPhones, they now clone dogs to become lions

A Henan province zoo was found to keep a Tibetan dog in a lion cage and cleverly labelled it as a lion.

The fake lion was discovered when a mother took her child to and was surprised to hear the lion barking.

The zoo’s explanation was that an employee’s dog had temporarily replaced the lion sent away
” to a breeding centre, because of unspecified “safety concerns.”

Cockroach revenge

A Chinese farm breeding cockroaches to make into medicines has released a million of its charges into the local neigbhbourhood after being attacked as part of a development land grab.

According to the Chinese media, a Jiangsu province facility breeding cockroaches for “medicinal” purposes has been at the centre of a (by Chinese standards) minor public health scandal after its livestock escaped en masse.

The greenhouse housing the roaches was reportedly destroyed by persons unknown, letting approximately 1 million of the insects escape.

Local authorities have begun attempting to exterminate the escapees, and insists to the p “there is no reason for people to panic.”

There is some suspicion officials themselves destroyed the farm as part of a China style property development deal, but the local government assures the public that “we didn’t do it.”

Just what medicines the cockroaches were being used to produce is not known.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Rich girls can park their expensive cars anywhere, including in the middle of the road reported about a 22-year-old woman from Chongqing, China, who parked her luxury car in the middle of the road.
The report said that the woman, whose surname is Xu, had left her white Maserati Gran Turismo in the middle of a street in Yubei district as the parking garage at her workplace was fully occupied.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Heat failed a man's attempt to make fast money

 A Chinese vendor's plan to fake his own death at the hands of social enforcers failed when he could not play dead long enough in scorching heat, state media reported Monday.

More than 10 men claimed the soft drinks vendor had been beaten to death in the central city of Wuhan by chengguan, who are tasked with enforcing non-criminal regulations in towns and cities.

Chengguan have long been accused of abusing their powers -- six were said to have beaten a watermelon seller to death in the central province of Hunan last month -- and a crowd of more than 300 people soon gathered, Xinhua news agency said.

Authorities look to control any outbreaks of social unrest in China, and eventually more than 80 police were deployed.

The protesters demanded tens of thousands of yuan (thousands of dollars) in compensation while the vendor, surnamed Han, lay silently on a stretcher covered by a sheet, the report said.

But parts of China have been experiencing record temperatures this summer and the heat, measured by local residents as high as 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit), proved too much for Han to take.

He suddenly jumped up from the gurney, took a drink from a bottle of water, and said: "It's too hot. I can't bear it any more," Xinhua reported.

Han and two others have been detained for disturbing public order, it said - AFP

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Geese are now fighting crime

Officials in rural parts of the China's Xinjiang province are using domesticated geese to aid in law enforcement.

Apparently, the geese are more effective than dogs for a variety of reasons: They're aggressive, have exceptional eyesight, and, as anyone who has had to deal with them knows, they're loud and nothing can shut them up, reported.

"Among all poultry, geese [are known] for being extremely vigilant and having excellent hearing," said Zhang Quansheng, a police chief in Xinjiang's Shawan county, according to the New York Daily News. "Geese are very brave. They spread their wings and will attack any strangers entering [someone's] home."

Chinese girl hanging from her head stuck between bars

Monday, July 22, 2013

The tight wall of China

A woman in eastern China who took a shortcut home was caught in a wall for seven hours. Her screams did not help because local residents thought it was a ghost voice.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

..and now a fake museum

China has closed an 88-million dollar museum and “patriotic education center” after the majority of its exhibits were found to be fakes, including such classic pieces as a Qing dynasty vase decorated with cartoon characters, despite the protests of curators who insist “at least half” the exhibits are genuine.

The Jibaozhai Museum, a 4-storey museum built in 2007 on a 4-hectare village site in China’s Hebei province for the sum of 540 million yuan, boasted 12 exhibition halls and was designated a “patriotic education centre” and tourist attraction by the government.

However, it transpires that most, if not all, of its 40,000 exhibits and “20 million yuan” collection were fakes.
These included items identified as having been made by a legendary emperor from 2700BC but signed in modern post-revolutionary simplified Chinese characters, porcelain using techniques not in existence when they were supposedly made, and a Qing dynasty vase decorated with modern cartoon characters.

Officials have launched an investigation and withdrawn its license, and the museum itself is now closed.
The owner protests that “even the gods cannot tell whether the exhibits are fake or not,” whilst the deputy curator maintains that “at least half” the exhibits are genuine, although he does concede “most of the exhibits were not verified by experts.”

The museum was rumbled after a Beijing writer visited and expressed his scepticism about the descriptions of the exhibits on Sina Weibo, prompting local authorities to investigate in response to the massive ridicule they suffered as a result.

The museum was already unpopular with local villagers as they received only 20,000 yuan each for their land after it was sold to developers for millions, but their objections were of course ignored. They allege it was used as part of a money-laundering scheme by the local magnate who built it.

Demolition China-style

The lengths Chinese real estate developers will go to when mere property owners refuse to sell up are yet again causing a stir, with the latest example seeing tenants simply having their building torn down around them.
After the owners of an apartment refused what was surely a very generous offer of compensation, they found the rest of their building pulled down anyway:

I will call my father to kill you

A young woman got into a fight with Beijing subway security after she refused to put her RMB20,000 (S$4,100) bag into a scanner.

She even said she would call her father to kill them.

This happened last Friday (Jul 5, 2013) at Beijing subway's Changping Line.

There is speculation that the young woman is a 'second-generation rich' or fu'erdai - but some have wondered why is she taking the subway when she can be chauffeured around in a sports car.

Onlookers who shot the videos can be heard commenting on her bratty behaviour in Mandarin, denouncing her actions.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

While in China watch that windows

A couple were found dead naked after falling from an apartment house said. They were believed to be having sex near the window when the window frame collapsed.

Police preliminary investigation found the damaged windows might have 'contribute'd to the horrific incident.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013

To cap it all, even highways are exploding in China

An exploding fireworks truck has caused an entire stretch of Chinese highway to collapse, with two of China’s most notorious and frequent accidents combining with spectacularly tragic severity. The Henan province elevated highway collapsed after the firework laden truck blew up, taking down the entire highway and the rest of its traffic. At least 5 fatalities resulted from the explosion and subsequent collapse.

Holy Atlantic crap! Even chairs are now exploding in China

China is again quaking in its seats after being shaken by yet another incident of a randomly exploding chair horribly maiming the poor unfortunate sat upon it.

The incident occurred in a Fujian province apartment one evening after its female resident finished showering and took a seat to dry her hair.

30 seconds after taking a seat, the chair’s gas cylinder exploded with devastating force, severely injuring her backside, anus and vagina.

She was hospitalised and a number of operations were necessary to completely remove all the iron fragments and screws which had been embedded in her body by the explosion.

The mysterious case of exploding coins

A small child has reportedly fallen victim to China-quality coinage, with the currency exploding in his hands. 
The exploding money was encountered by a 3-year-old boy in China’s Fujian province, when it blew up in his hands.

If you want a Maserati, ask from this guy

A car owner and his friends murdered his Maserati with sledgehammers outside the Qingdao Auto Show in China to express his anger at a local dealer repairing his $423,000 Quattroporte with second hand parts 

Monday, January 28, 2013

If you hate your mother-in-law, smash a Beemer

When a man from southwest China's Sichuan province hotly released his anger on a BMW, he did not expect that it would turn into a 80,000 yuan (US$12,800) stress ball, reports Chengdu-based West China City Daily.

The 26-year-old man, surnamed Zhou, went to a car sales center in the Renhe district in the city of Panzhihua and pretended to be a potential customer. He asked to test drive a BMW X5, saying he would buy the car if he liked the ride. Two salespersons accompanied Zhou during his run.

To their surprise, Zhou veered unexpectedly from the test route and started hurtling down the road. In his mad dash, he scraped a post next to a toll booth and flew onto the highway. The salespersons vainly begged him to calm down and stop the car.

Zhou's road rage ended in southern part of the district, though the fumes had not yet been put out. Exiting the car, he then found an iron basket and starting smashing the luxury vehicle with it. "Haha! I just want to do whatever I like today!" shouted Zhou while he was pummeling the car. The salespeople called the police.

Zhou told the police that he acted out of anger with his ex-wife's mother, who he thinks disdains him. The family of his ex-wife thought that Zhou was not good enough to be her husband, Zhou said. The couple later divorced.

"I am finally acting like a man!" he had shouted to the crowd that had gathered around him. Before taken away by the police, Zhou added that the car was in good shape and not seriously damaged. The price of being a man in Zhou's terms is an estimated compensation of 80,000 yuan (US$12,800) to the car dealership.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

You study hard, I give you fake Armani

A university in northwestern China's Gansu province has reportedly given its students fake Armani satchels as a reward for studying hard, as well as for various other contributions they have made to their school.

A student at Lanzhou University of Technology posted a series of photos on Sina Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, of a satchel his roommate had received, with a short description that says "Good students this year are given one Armani satchel. The price tag is not 9.8 yuan (US$1.57), it is not 98 yuan either (US$15.70). I shall work harder in the coming year."

According to the Chongqing Morning Post, the satchels are copies of Armani bags that the school purchased from sellers in Yiwu, a city in eastern China's Zhejiang province known for its small commodities manufacturing. Although the price tags on the bags say they cost 1,280 yuan (US$205) each, they were reportedly sold to the school for 95 yuan (US$15.25) each.

One man's rubbish is another man's fortune

A man in Jiangsu province in eastern China has won 5 million yuan (US$802,000) on a lottery ticket someone had abandoned at the ticket booth, reports the Guangzhou-based Yangcheng Evening News.

A sports lottery booth in the port city of Lianyugang sold two tickets that have won 5 million yuan and 8 million yuan (US$1.3 million) respectively in the same draw. The ticket that won 8 million was a supplementary ticket of the one that won 5 million and was purchased only 14 seconds later than the latter. Think someone struck it rich with the double deal? A man surnamed Niu would would have, if he had not tossed one of the tickets.

And how about exploding refrigerators

An exploding refrigerator which blasted a hole in a brick wall is the latest object to menace China with its unexpected self-destruct functionality.

The case of exploding toilets

This time, and sadly not for the first time, it is China’s toilets which have been exploding, threatening users with an unpleasant variety of horrible injuries and an ungodly mess.

According to local media reports, a beauty parlour in China’s Shandong province was struck by a series of at least 3 explosions when a member of staff tossed an only partially extinguished cigarette into a toilet at the establishment.

The toilets, which like many in China were of a simple pit construction requiring regular pumping out, promptly exploded.

The explosion is thought to have been caused by gases which had accumulated in the toilet igniting, although a gas leak has also been blamed. Authorities have yet to release an official explanation - Sankaku